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Julie Chen on 'Big Brother's Zach-Frankie showmance, Cody's 'wrong move'

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few of EW’s burning questions about the latest episode of Big Brother.

Between Cody’s will-he-or-won’t-he nomination, Frankie’s tragic news, Brittany’s hanging toenails, Donny’s gentle eyes, Jocasta’s dumb bowties, Hayden and Nicole’s hook-up (finally), and Derrick’s heroic—and perhaps very savvy—throwing of the HoH competition, there was a lot going on this week in the world of Big Brother. Thankfully, Julie Chen is here to help take some of the mystery away.  READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother': Julie Chen on first evictions of the season and game changes

Each week after every eviction, host Julie Chen will answer a few questions about the latest episode of ‘Big Brother’. 

EW: Two evictions in, do you think the game changes have been effective?
JULIE CHEN: I absolutely think the game changes are effective. With two less people, it’s only going to get tougher to decide who the two HOHs nominate. It almost forces people to play hard or be eliminated. Plus you are going to have a lot of upset people every week with 4 nominees. Even if you win battle of the block, you are going to be mad you were nominated and then you’re going to want payback! This game just gets more intense. READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother': New season will (finally!) be in HD

Big Brother is veto-ing standard definition.

The new season of the CBS reality show, which will begin airing its 16th cycle on June 25, will finally be broadcast in high definition, EW has confirmed. Big Brother was previously the only regularly scheduled primetime program still shown in standard definition. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Rachel and Brendon compare 'Big Brother' and 'Amazing Race'

I don’t know if there will be any life vests on this season of The Amazing Race, but if so, floaters better grab them. That’s because reality royalty returns tonight when husband-and-wife team Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly take their second tour on The Amazing Race when season 24 of the reality show premieres on CBS. But how does racing around the world at breakneck speed compare with backstabbing house guests in the backyard on the show that first made Brenchel famous, Big Brother? We asked the couple when they called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105). READ FULL STORY

'Survivor': Hayden on his 'top heavy' girlfriend and the one move he wishes he made

It felt weird, right? Having a Big Brother player on Survivor just seemed kind of odd. But Hayden Moss fit right in the second he hit the beach for Blood vs. Water. And the Big Brother champion almost added a Survivor title to his collection. Alas, he was finally voted out and then lost the duel that could have gotten him back into the game. We spoke with the reality veteran to find out which show truly is harder and also to get some explanation as to why his girlfriend, Kat, was bragging about her new boobs on TV. He also revealed the one move he didn’t make that could have changed the game completely. (NOTE: Also make sure to check out our interviews with Blood vs. Water winner Tyspn Apostol, runner-up Monica Culpepper and former champ Tina Wesson.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So we spoke the day before the game began and I asked you which was harder: Big Brother or Survivor and you said to ask you after 39 days. Well, you made it, what, 36 days, which is close enough. Soooooooo, which is harder, Hayden?
HAYDEN MOSS: It’s apples and oranges out there. They are two totally different games. Survivor is by far physically harder and physically more demanding. I think the mental side of Big Brother and the wear of 90 days is a little bit harder on your mindset. But it’s so hard to try and say this game is harder, or that game is harder. There are bits and pieces of Survivor that are harder and bits and pieces of Big Brother that are way harder. READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother:' GinaMarie calls being fired by pageant company 'a really big stab in the heart': Plus, Andy and Spencer apologize

Big Brother wrapped up its controversial 15th season Sept. 18, and we spoke to all three finalists this morning on Entertainment Weekly radio (SiriusXM, channel 105). Rather than the usual celebratory nature these interviews can take, our chats with Andy Herren, GinaMarie Zimmerman, and Spencer Clawson centered mostly around their behavior in the house, specifically comments or conversations all three took part in that have led to each of them being either fired or publicly rebuked by their employers. And you can now hear all three interviews right here on the InsideTV Podcast. [SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now unless you already watched Wednesday's finale of Big Brother.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Blood vs. Water': Jeff Probst says he has no issue with having a 'Big Brother' player on -- VIDEO

Survivor and Big Brother both launched in the summer of 2000. Both involve contestants voting each other out in the hopes of wining a big cash prize. And both air on CBS. But the shows have far more differences than similarities. Survivor takes place entirely outdoors in exotic locations halfway around the world, while Big Brother is set in a tricked-out house in Los Angeles. For years, Survivor (along with The Amazing Race) was considered the gold standard of reality programming, while Big Brother is more of cheesy guilty pleasure in which contestants dress up in hot dog costumes and must contend with a showtunes-loving clam named Otev and a sassy robot dubbed the Zingbot.

With all that in mind, I asked Jeff Probst while on location for filming of Survivor: Blood vs. Water (which premieres on Sept. 18) whether he had any issues in having a player — Hayden Moss, boyfriend of Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson — from the circus that is Big Brother now competing on his show. READ FULL STORY

CBS renews 'Big Brother'

We aren’t done hating on McCranda but that hasn’t stopped CBS from announcing the inevitable: The network has renewed Big Brother for a 16th season.

The show, which recently celebrated its 500th episode, is averaging 7.29 million viewers and a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Compared to last year, the show is up 11% in viewers, and 8% in adults 18-49.

A special 90-minute finale of this summer’s installment will air Sept. 18 following the season premiere of Survivor.

InsideTV Podcast: The evolution of Julie Chen on 'Big Brother'

We’ve always liked Julie Chen. She has an amazing way with words (especially when those words happen to be “But first…”), and she’s never had any problem poking fun at her own Chenbot persona. However, unlike Survivor host Jeff Probst, who is known for grilling contestants until they are charred, Chen has usually employed a much lighter, friendlier tone upon greeting the Big Brother house-guests right after they have been evicted. However that all changed last week when Aaryn Gries was voted out of the house. Gries had spent her time on the show making numerous racist and homophobic comments, including many disgusting digs at Asians. Chen, who is Asian-American, took the unusual (for her) step of revealing her personal feelings about the comments while hosting her other CBS show, The Talk. But the question remained: Would she call Aaryn out when the two were finally face to face? The answer was an indisputable yes. READ FULL STORY

'Survivor' or 'Big Brother'?: Hayden and Kat debate which game has better strategists

It’s the question fans love to debate: which reality show — Survivor or Big Brother — features better strategists? Which game requires greater skill and cunning to compete and complete. Well, fans aren’t the only ones who enjoy debating it: the contestants do as well. Even if they happen to be dating. I discovered that when I spoke to Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother 12 champ Hayden Moss. The two will be appearing on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, which premieres on CBS Sept. 18 at 8pm, and when I asked if Hayden was looking forward to proving that Big Brother contestants had the strategic chops to match up with Survivor schemers, it led to a bit of a kerfuffle between the pair. READ FULL STORY

'Big Brother' winner Hayden Moss to appear on 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Earlier this summer, Jeff Probst officially broke the news on Entertainment Weekly Radio that the 27th season of Survivor — titled Blood Vs. Water — would feature returning Survivor players and their loved ones. And now we can officially reveal that one of those pairs will be Survivor: One World’s Kat Edorsson and her boyfriend, Big Brother season 12 champ Hayden Moss. And the two talk about it for the first time right here! While players from both Survivor and Big Brother have appeared on fellow CBS reality competition show The Amazing Race — and a relative of Survivor’s Russell and Brandon Hantz, Willie, played on last summer’s Big Brother — Hayden will become the first person to have appeared on both programs.

In the video interview below (which was shot on location), I asked the couple which show is harder, Survivor or Big Brother. “I will answer that question exactly in about 39 days,” said Hayden the day before the game began. “Really, I’ll be the only person ever that can answer that question. So I’m excited to test it out and see what Survivor is all about.” READ FULL STORY

CBS settles legal dispute with 'Glass House' producers

CBS has settled a dispute with producers of ABC’s alleged Big Brother knock-off, Glass House, the network announced today.

The news comes a year after CBS tried but failed to gain traction on a suit brought against ABC and producers of Glass House, claiming copyright infringement. When that motion failed to get the courts to bar ABC from airing the program, CBS dropped the suit and instead pursued arbitration, which takes place out of the courts, against some of the show’s producers.

CBS’ statement reads in full:
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'Big Brother' contestant investigated after child porn comments

It’s not like Big Brother contestants are typically known for their contributions to society, but the season 15 cast has set the moral bar at an all-time low. (Is there a basement in the BB house? Because the bar is buried beneath that.) Following a season of offhand racist and homophobic remarks, the latest attempt at a “joke” is Spencer Clawson’s riff on child porn.

While fellow contestant McCrae was in the shower, Spencer grabbed his microphone and, in an apparent attempt to make his housemate look bad, said into the mic, “I like to beat off to child porn. Did I ever tell y’all about that? I love it. … I love it when they’re around 3 or 4 years old. My favorite ones are when you can tell they’re in a basement.”

Spencer’s idea of humor took a serious turn, however, when his hometown police department in Conway, Arkansas, was informed of the remarks.
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